COD Named Excelencia Finalist
the Desert has been recognized as an Examples of Excelencia finalist.
Excelencia is a national effort by Excelencia in Education to bring attention
to evidence-based practices that work for Latino students in higher education.
The College is one of only 21 finalists selected from more than 139 nominated programs
from 27 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
recognizes four Examples of Excelencia, one in each of four categories
(associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organizations). The
Examples of Excelencia will be announced Oct. 11 at its annual Celebración de
Excelencia in Washington, D.C.
the Desert is a finalist in the associate category for its Engage, Develop, Grow, Empower (EDGE) program. EDGE is
a three-week program offering a fast-paced review of basic skills in math and
English/reading to reduce the number of students enrolled in non-credit
basic-skills coursework once enrolled at College of the Desert. EDGE students
persist from fall to spring at higher rates than non-EDGE students, in 2016 87%
of edge students persisted to the next semester compared to only 72% of